Sydney, Australia. Editorial Credit:  f11photo/Shutterstock.com

Australia

Australia has a strong record of advancing and protecting political rights and civil liberties. Challenges to these freedoms include the threat of foreign political influence, harsh policies toward asylum seekers, discrimination against LGBT+ people, increasingly stringent checks against the press, and ongoing difficulties ensuring the equal rights of First Nations Australians.

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Freedom in the World — Australia Country Report

Australia is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

In the high-stakes battle between states and technology companies, the rights of internet users have become the main casualties. Illustration by Mitch Blunt

Freedom on the Net — Australia Country Report

Australia is rated Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe. 

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